Gary Rowell column - FA Cup clash should be another battle with Leeds

Sunderland and Leeds in 1973
Sunderland and Leeds in 1973
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SUNDERLAND were given a great FA Cup tie when Leeds United were pulled out of the hat last week.

I think this will be a game that captures the imagination of both sets of fans and with what’s sure to be a huge away following, it should make for a great old-fashioned cup-tie atmosphere.

Anyone who was at the 1973 cup final will tell you it’s a day they’ll never forget, but the Sunderland-Leeds rivalry goes back even before that famous Wembley win.

I was brought up on great stories of battles between the two teams in the 60s, not only in cup ties, but in the league as well, and no prisoners were ever taken in those games.

Both teams were promoted together in 1964 and there was a long-running cup saga in 67 which ended with Leeds going through, but not before many controversial incidents, including a young Bobby Kerr breaking his leg.

This third round FA Cup tie has a lot of history and tradition behind it and hopefully it will be a fixture that lives up to those great games of the past.